Insect Invasion

by Chef Kendall Huff

Native Foods Cafe

 


Bug sticksNative Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of National Geographic: Victor Fraile, Corbis

 

I read a recent article in
the Washington Post
that urged people to eat bugs. Yes, bugs! This low fat, low
calorie and high protein stable seems to be the topic of discussion all over
the place actually. While many cultures throughout the world use bugs for food
as survival, are we ready for that? We know Andrew Zimmern is.

 


Andrew-Zimmern

 

The USCB Zero Waste Committee
(University of CA, Santa Barbara) recently held a 3-hour event inviting people
in to snack on Bug Burgers, Bug Dumplings and other culinary snacks. While
receiving both positive and negative feedback at these events, Zero Waste
Committee is just trying to show people that there are fun and crazy things
that can be done with these once seen as repulsive creatures.  That's one way to look at it I guess. If
people weren’t so freaked out by a bug in their salad, perhaps farmers wouldn’t
need sprays at all.

 


Bug in my saladNative Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Off the Shelf.

 

David George Gordon (The Bug
Chef) has been putting on cooking demos to teach people how to obtain and
prepare all kinds of different creatures from crickets, mealworms to even bee
larvae. He also gets students involved in helping with these creations followed
by an exotic meal.

 


Bug Chef
Native Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Academic Entertainment.

 

Insects contain as much
protein per gram as beef and as much omega-3 fatty acid as fish, plus the fiber
and vitamins. And raising bugs would obviously be better for the environment
then say raising cattle or pigs, with less land needed and waste produced.

James Beard Award nominee and
owner of Miya Sushi in New Haven, Chef Bun Lai, has a different approach to
this summers cicada plague.
“If you can’t
beat em, eat em!

Chef is planning perhaps a
dehydrated Mexican style snack, or a teriyaki style skewer this summer in his
restaurant.

 


Chef Bun LiaNative Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Miyas Sushi.

 

And speaking of cicadas,
check out Jenna Jadin’s cookbook, Cicada Cookbook.  There are some really interesting/weird recipes in there.

Doesn’t matter if you are for
or against eating these creatures, it seems like you may be seeing them on some
menus coming near you!

 

 

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